The Literacy Coach's Survival Guide: Essential Questions and Practical Answers

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International Reading Assoc., Feb 9, 2014 - Education - 184 pages
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In the decade since the first edition of The Literacy Coach's Survival Guide, education has changed considerably. One thing that has not changed is Cathy Toll's leadership in the field. Drawing on her vast experience with thousands of coaches across the world, Toll maintains her practical approach and conversational style while expanding the wealth of insights and strategies that she shares.

The extensive revisions in this second edition reflect Toll's refinement of her approach to coaching as well as her response to the challenges that coaches face today. It guides new and experienced coaches through important topics, such as the following:

  • Effecting change
  • Working with teacher partners individually and in teams
  • Communicating well in coaching conversations
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Coaching around special initiatives, such as the CCSS and RTI

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What Is This Book About? Who Is It For?
Why Coaching?
What Does a Successful Literacy Coach Do?
How Do I Address Specific Coaching Challenges?
What Do Literacy Coaches Do? What Dont They Do?
A Narrative Bibliography Where Do These Ideas Come From?

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Cathy A. Toll is a consultant and author who supports learning by helping professional learning teams, educational coaches, and school leaders to invest in teachers capacity to make a difference for students.. She has published widely for teacher leaders, including four books for coaches and numerous articles in professional journals. She has served as a teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, a reading specialist, a curriculum coordinator, a principal, director of literacy research and development, university professor, grant director, consultant, and educational coach. Her PhD is from Pennsylvania State University, with a focus on curriculum and instruction, language and literacy education, and teacher professional growth.

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